MC231 - Master of Design Innovation and Technology

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Plan: MC231 - Master of Design Innovation and Technology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Design Innovation and Technology
Award abbreviation: MDesInnovTech
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 Years Full Time, 4 Years Part Time
Location: City Campus (AUSCY)
Owning school: Design (370H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040199
CRICOS code: 080000D

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Design Innovation and Technology is designed for advanced professional development and/or specialisation for architects, landscape architects and other design professionals working with the built environment as well as candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds, such as science, computer science and engineering seeking to apply and extend their knowledge in the field of design for the built environment.

The principal objectives of the Master of Design Innovation and Technology program are to prepare you to be leaders in the rapidly changing design of a more responsive, human centred and sustainable built environment. One of the primary objectives is to speculate about the future of design practice in light of increasing environmental, social and economic change.

The Master of Design Innovation and Technology draws on SIAL’s existing research and higher degree by research programs. Information technology has already transformed design practice, but we are only at the beginning of a greater revolution in the integrated application of technology to workflow throughout the process of the design-to-production of the built environment. This program is designed to address these issues using a substantially studio-based model and will develop a collaborative work ethic between you and your collegues from many different disciplinary backgrounds.

During this program, you will be introduced to creative opportunities to enhance the quality of the built and virtual environments, streamline the design-to-production process, and reduce the carbon footprint of the future city. These involve the migration of technology and techniques between industries and designers with a broad understanding of the knowledge that needs to be integrated, You will also develop interest and ability to communicate around specialist knowledge outside your own discipline. 

The program will also provide you with an intensive, transdisciplinary environment for advanced studies in contemporary and future design practice and its relationship to performance and production in both the built and virtual environments.

Innovation in spatial and architectural design practice is positioned at the intersection of several disciplines, such as architecture and design, computer science, engineering and media and sound design. The program will advance the role of design research and innovation in your design practice through collaboration; preparing you to confront the many critical issues affecting the quality and performance of built and virtual environments.

Upon graduating with a Master of Design Innovation and Technology you will be able to pursue many professional pathways, including work in private practice, specialist consultancy to design practice or high-end construction and development. You will also be prepared for new enterprise serving the modeling of environmental performance as a driver in early design, the realisation of complex architecture, integration of technology in spatial design such as sound, sensing and actuation, and design of the virtual and sonic environments. You may also assume leadership positions within practice and find specialised roles in enterprise and consultancy.

A flexible program structure and combination of face-to-face and online delivery modes are designed to suit working professionals.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook [ ].

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

This program currently has no formal articulation and pathway agreements.


DisciplineExample DegreeHighest


Degree Level


(AQF 7)

Honours, Graduate Diploma

Masters, PhD

(AQF 8,9,10)



B Arch,

B Landscape Arch

M Arch, B Design

ARCH 1414

ARCH 1418

Duration 1.5 years

ARCH1414 ARCH 1418

ARCH 1419 ARCH 1420

Duration 1 year



B Sci, B Bus, B Eng

M Sci, M Bus

No Exemptions

Duration 2 years

ARCH 1414 ARCH 1418

Duration 1.5 years

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Entrance requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline.


  • There are no prerequisites for this program.

English language requirements:



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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit Programs of Design Innovation and Technology.

As design innovation and technology is a specialisation that may be practiced within other disciplines such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design, Acoustic Design for instance, applicants with accredited degrees in these fields may already have or pursue professional registration through those institutes. 

Industry Links

The RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) and School of Design have strong industry links to global leaders in architectural and engineering practice, technology companies and to fabricators, construction and industry bodies. Integrating this international industry expertise into the coursework is a key distinguishing aspect of this program.

The program regularly consults with a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper or materials, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

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